Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-95 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The TL52-95 model was the top-of-the-line ’52 Telecaster in the 1986 Fender Japan catalog (save for the ExTrad models which debuted in the same year), crafted at the famed Fujigen factory during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production. Numerous top-tier, vintage-accurate features include a gloss lacquer Butterscotch finish, the same pickups and full hardware complement used on Fender's early American Vintage line instruments, USA-made CTS pots, brass saddles, and flathead screws throughout.
Tonewoods include a two-piece ash body and one-piece maple neck, delivering a full-sounding acoustic voice with plenty of bark and snap even when unplugged. Featuring the same black bobbin pickups as Fender's early American Vintage models, this Tele is extremely detailed and rich sounding. The flat pole bridge pickup yields a chewy, twangy sound that has both zing and girth, while the neck pickup is warm, percussive and bell-like. This Tele weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4“ radius, with original slender fretwire that only exhibits a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the original bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports a “spaghetti” logo and round strings tree, and the nickel-plated Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated 7-17-86, with all of the factory stamps present on the heel and in the pocket. And while the neck heel has a TL52-75 stamp, Fender Japan was ostensibly using this same neck for both the 75 and 95 suffix model tiers.
The body features a treasure trove of vintage correct touches, with all slotted screws, domed knurled knobs, appropriately matte-finished single-ply pickguard, brass saddles, and the serial number embossed on the Pat. Pending bridge plate. This bridge is the same component as an American Vintage series Fender, and the serial is notable for aligning with Fender USA and not the usual Fender Japan dating charts. The electronics are 100% original with untouched solder joints, and the pickups are also identical to a Fender American Vintage model from the same year, with black bobbins, a brass baseplate on the bridge pickup, and push-back cloth-covered leads. The original USA-made CTS pots date to the 14th week of '86.
The Butterscotch Blonde gloss finish highlights the premium cut of ash used, with dynamic, swirling grain. Cosmetic wear is limited to just one ding on the top at the bass-side lower bout, and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
A Fender Japan padded gigbag is included.